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Rev Lyr Req: Dirty Hog eye man? (57* d) RE: Lyr Req: Dirty Hog eye man? 01 Dec 00

Hey Elise, I know how you love off-color chanteys! When I was working on my MA up at U of Oregon I got to peruse a collection that they have there. Robert W. Gordon was the first folksong archivist of the Library of Congress, he collected a lot of sea songs and corresponded extensively with Joanna Colcord when she was putting together her book Roll & Go. His notes and letters are in the special collections at U of Oregon. I don't remember if he had the Hog-eye man in there, although it's likely, but I do remember running across some other unexpurgated chanteys including "Cruising 'Round Yarmouth." There were lots of little notes written all over the juiciest lyrics saying "edit this for publication." It's a shame they had to do that, but at least the notes still exist, you just have to go to Eugene to see them. BTW have you looked in Legman's The Horn Book, or in Ed Cray's The Erotic Muse? You might find it in there. Although I'd say that George Henderson's lyrics above seem to be appropriately salty, and you know the whole fun of sea chanteys is making up your own verses. Hope all's well in SF. Rev

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